Another feature the creature has, is that he is alone. As we are. How many times we felt lonely? Rejected by the world? How many times are we in our bedroom reflecting about something we made? Personally I spend lots of time doing this because I found it as worthwhile as speaking to a person. Of course I say everything the comes out from my mind to my girlfriend because she is the only one that understands me, but when I'm alone is different. I listen to music and I start wondering and thinking. My mind takes flight and comes back the following morning (these moments of loneliness are mostly in the evening). Most of people may think who spends much time alone is depressed or something like that, but it is not uncommon to be alone for a while. I'm always smiling because I enjoying staying with my friends, but periodically in the evening I have to be alone and chill out. That's normal, so don't worry of spending some time alone because it can help you.
JOHN MILTON: SATAN'S SPEECH
John Milton was a victim of censorship and a member of the revolutionary government. He struggled in defense of liberty and despised all forms of tyranny. His republican writings were condemned to be burnt as soon as the monarchy came back in 1660 and then he was sent to prison. This experience was recreated in his masterpiece "Paradise Lost". Excuse me for this boring introduction to the author, but I think it is important to bare in mind. What is about the poem by Milton? "Paradise Lost" is about the biblical story of Adam and Eve, with God and Satan, who is thrown out of Heaven and later tries to corrupt humankind. Satan, the most beautiful of the angels, is hurled into Hell with his stunned followers as a consequence of his defeat in the war in Heaven. The most important and interesting passage of the poem (and also the only one we analyzed) is "Satan's speech" which is about Satan's arrival in his new kingdom, Hell. It is linked to "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley because in both poems there is the concept of inferiority: why am I inferior to God (Satan's speech) or to the doctor (Frankenstein) if I'm his creature?
"Satan's speech" impressed me for the power of expressing feelings of the protagonist, Satan: while reading it, I can feel the anger and the sense of revenge that are typical of Lucifer. However what I liked most of this poem is the power of speech by Satan at the angels who are ended up in Hell with him. In this passage we see that he persuades them and this reveal the role of Satan: he is a leader, not a boss. What is the difference?
The role of the leader is highly delicate because if something doesn't work, you must put your face to resolve the problem even if you are busy with other tasks. Then if you fail it's your own fault, but if you win, the whole team wins. Being a leader is much more difficult than being a boss, but Satan seems not to care about this and in fact he accepts to lose the benefits in heaven to end up in Hell.
Personally I think I'm not enough strong to be a leader, but it doesn't mean I will be a boss. I despise this category of people who oblige you to do something without saying anything and if you ask these people to do the task, they won't be able because they only can speak and give orders, but not do. In every different situation I try my best to help the others, but sometimes it is too difficult or I can't reach what I want. It depends from situation to situation, but in general I can see I'm not a leader, even if my character brings me to be like that.
Another theme I really liked of "Satan's speech" is the power of mind, especially when Satan says "The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heaven". Through these two verses we can see how much the mind is strong: with it we can transform a Heaven in Hell and viceversa. The mind is the best tool to travel around the world and even more: there are no borders, you can travel even to the moon or to the universe. Through imagination we can build our own world made by what we really like most and it allows to pull the plug whenever you want and in the way you prefer.
Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe was born in a family of Dissenters, which was a Protestant sect that refused the authority of the Church of England. He wrote in Whig papers, but he becomes famous and well-paid when he starts to write political essays and pamphlets.
The Queen didn't like his critical attitude and had him arrested, tried and imprisoned. The real Defoe's success came when he started to write novels and especially when was released his first novel: Robinson Crusoe.
It is based on the real experience of Alexander Selkirk, a seaman who shipwrecked on a desert island in the Pacific Ocean. The author took also inspiration by some travel books that were successful at the time. The novel consists in three separate sections: the first is about Robinson leaving his family to make fortune in the sea and the shipwreck; the second is in the form of the diary in which Robinson tells us his experience on the island; the third is about the return to England, where he gets to know that is plantation in Brazil made him rich.
In this novel there are the themes of spiritual as God, providence and sin, of individual and society. In fact in the novel we can fin many references to what I mentioned before and also to salvation and it can be read as a spiritual autobiography because the hero reads the Bible to find comfort and guidance and experiences the conflict between good and evil. There is also the theme of individual and society and their relationship: the society created on the island is an exaltation of 18th century England and its deal of mobility, material productiveness and individualism; on the other hand we see that the protagonist, although God's will, can shape his destiny through his action.
The passage I liked most and that made me reflect more is when the protagonist, Robinson Crusoe, meets Friday. In the excerpt, Defoe describes the native, rescued by Robinson from a group of cannibals performing their rites. He also makes a comparison between white and black people and we understand through the lines that there is a sense of superiority of the white race to the black one. An example is when the slave lays to Robinson's feet in a act of submission and then when the protagonist doesn't even ask for the name of the black man, but says "his name should be Friday".
Do you find it something strange or something that everyday happens? Unfortunately I find it very normal: racism is something that exist for so long, but in the 21th century is a everyday-problem. There are too many racist people and what does that mean? We live in a world of ignorance. The image above is perfect because it tells what racism does: it makes you blind and so you can't see how wonderful all the human being are. Yes, human not white, black, yellow, red... because we are all equal, all human and not different each other for the color of the skin. By the way, I find spectacular this verse of the song "Suddenly" by Asap Rocky (an American rapper) and it is: "You my brother, you my kin, f*ck the color of your skin". Here is the song if you want to listen to it.
Racism affects everyone and it will be worse and worse if we don't fight it. But how can we erase this problem? With education: it will be no more ignorance with education and so no racism. It is impossible that in 2017 racism still exist: we are progressing in all the technologies, but we are regressing in our soul. For the sake of humanity, humans must wake up!
jonathan swift: gulliver's travel
Jonathan Swift was born and educated in Dublin, but his family was English. He left Ireland for England where he started to work at his first satirical novels by Sir William Temple. He returned back to Ireland and in Dublin was made Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral. His masterpiece is called "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World", known as "Gulliver's Travels" and I will deal with this poem because I find it more interesting, even if we analyzed also some passage from "A Modest Proposal" and I liked it. In "A Modest Proposal" Swift suggested that the poverty of the Irish people should be relieved by the sale of their children as food for the rich, using irony and bitterness.